The World of Myth Book
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The World of Myth


  • Author : David Adams Leeming
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1992-02-27
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199762729

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The World of Myth Excerpt :

Hercules, Zeus, Thor, Gilgamesh--these are the figures that leap to mind when we think of myth. But to David Leeming, myths are more than stories of deities and fantastic beings from non-Christian cultures. Myth is at once the most particular and the most universal feature of civilization, representing common concerns that each society voices in its own idiom. Whether an Egyptian story of creation or the big-bang theory of modern physics, myth is metaphor, mirroring our deepest sense of ourselves in relation to existence itself. Now, in The World of Myth, Leeming provides a sweeping anthology of myths, ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. We read stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans; tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and modern science; myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelock's Gaia. Leeming has culled myths from Aztec, Greek, African, Australian Aboriginal, Japanese, Moslem, Hittite, Celtic, Chinese, and Persian cultures, offering one of the most wide-ranging collections of what he calls the collective dreams of humanity. More important, he has organized these myths according to a number of themes, comparing and contrasting how various societies have addressed similar concerns, or have told similar stories. In the section on dying gods, for example, both Odin and Jesus sacrifice themselves to renew the world, each dying on a tree. Such traditions, he proposes, may have their roots in societies of the distant past, which would ritually sacrifice their kings to renew the tribe. In The World of Myth, David Leeming takes us on a journey "not through a maze of falsehood but through a marvellous world of metaphor," metaphor for "the story of the relationship between the known and the unknown, both around us and within us." Fantastic, tragic, bizarre, sometimes funny, the myths he presents speak of the most fundamenta

The World of Myth Book
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The World of Myth


  • Author : David Adams Leeming
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1991-01-24
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199878963

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The World of Myth Excerpt :

Hercules, Zeus, Thor, Gilgamesh--these are the figures that leap to mind when we think of myth. But to David Leeming, myths are more than stories of deities and fantastic beings from non-Christian cultures. Myth is at once the most particular and the most universal feature of civilization, representing common concerns that each society voices in its own idiom. Whether an Egyptian story of creation or the big-bang theory of modern physics, myth is metaphor, mirroring our deepest sense of ourselves in relation to existence itself. Now, in The World of Myth, Leeming provides a sweeping anthology of myths, ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. We read stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans; tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and modern science; myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelock's Gaia. Leeming has culled myths from Aztec, Greek, African, Australian Aboriginal, Japanese, Moslem, Hittite, Celtic, Chinese, and Persian cultures, offering one of the most wide-ranging collections of what he calls the collective dreams of humanity. More important, he has organized these myths according to a number of themes, comparing and contrasting how various societies have addressed similar concerns, or have told similar stories. In the section on dying gods, for example, both Odin and Jesus sacrifice themselves to renew the world, each dying on a tree. Such traditions, he proposes, may have their roots in societies of the distant past, which would ritually sacrifice their kings to renew the tribe. In The World of Myth, David Leeming takes us on a journey "not through a maze of falsehood but through a marvellous world of metaphor," metaphor for "the story of the relationship between the known and the unknown, both around us and within us." Fantastic, tragic, bizarre, sometimes funny, the myths he presents speak of the most fundamenta

The World of Myth Book
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The World of Myth


  • Author : David Adams Leeming
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 362
  • ISBN 10 : 9780195074758

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The World of Myth Excerpt :

Examines the universal themes of myths from cultures ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to Christianity and modern science, analyzing how different cultures and societies have addressed fundamental human concerns and experiences.

The World of Myth Book
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The World of Myth


  • Author : David Adams Leeming
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 330
  • ISBN 10 : 0199316368

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The World of Myth Excerpt :

An anthology of myths ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian Islands and modern science.

Goddesses Book
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Goddesses


  • Author : Burleigh Mutén
  • Publisher : Barefoot Books
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN 10 : 9781841480756

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Goddesses Excerpt :

Britomartis, goddess of the moon, was a clever, active girl who loved to hunt with her bow and arrows.... Britomartis was sacred to fishermen, hunters and sailors.

The Truth of Myth Book

The Truth of Myth


  • Author : Tok Thompson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: Manners and customs
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190222789

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The Truth of Myth Excerpt :

"To the student of myth: This book attempts to provide a concise overview of the theoretical approaches to studying mythology, both in theory and in everyday life. Whether one is interested in a particular myth or mythic tradition, or understanding comparative mythology more broadly, or even the subject and overview of mythology as a whole, this text attempts to present a clear and understandable introduction to some of the best tried and true approaches, as well as to address some of the perennial problems and points of confusion. To embark on the study of myth is to join a noisy chorus of scholars, both present and past, in attempting to divine the meaning of some of the most important, intriguing, and at times puzzling narratives that humankind has ever crafted. We hope this text will help provide you with the theoretical background and tools to allow for a rich, full study of mythology in all its myriad forms. To the teacher of myth: Myth has been the source of a great deal of theoretical disagreement and confusion as well. We have tried to address some of the controversies by appealing to a close and careful consideration of the data, which at times helps keep lofty theorizing firmly anchored in the real world. Additionally, we have tried to present a historical background to the study of myth, which should also help illuminate the close relationships between a society, and that society's views of myth. Mythology does not occur without people: it is only with a strong grounding in the study of humankind that we can hope to make progress in our understanding. Where doubt within the scholarly community has arisen, we have tried to pay attention to both sides of the debates. The resulting text is intended to be a detailed, yet engaging, introduction to the study of world mythology, and a scholarly counterweight to popular, unscientific views. Our experience in teaching myth is that the most vexing issues stem from the several strained if not contradictory connotat

Wonder Woman and the World of Myth Book

Wonder Woman and the World of Myth


  • Author : Steve Korte
  • Publisher : Capstone
  • Release Date : 2017-12-11
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781543537079

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Wonder Woman and the World of Myth Excerpt :

Mount Olympus. Pandora’s Box. Valhala. These classic locations and artifacts of mythology have captivated people for thousands of years. But did you know they also play a part in the life and adventures of Wonder Woman? Get ready to explore how Greek, Roman, Norse, and other world mythologies are woven into the fabric of the Princess of the Amazons’ backstory. The connections will surprise you!

World Myth Book

World Myth


  • Author : Barry B. Powell
  • Publisher : Longman
  • Release Date : 2013-01-02
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 590
  • ISBN 10 : 0205730523

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World Myth Excerpt :

Worldly and scholarly, this well-designed text presents myths from around the world in a lively and easy-to-read manner. The material has been arranged by geographic and chronologic origin. It features fresh translations, numerous illustrations, maps, and commentary that emphasizes the anthropological, historical, religious, sociological, and economic contexts in which the myths were told.

World Myths and Legends Book

World Myths and Legends


  • Author : Kathy Ceceri
  • Publisher : Nomad Press
  • Release Date : 2010-03-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781619300545

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World Myths and Legends Excerpt :

All societies have their own myths and legends, but they're much more than just stories. Myths and legends tell us about a people’s history, science, and cultural values—the things they knew, the things they believed, and the things they felt were important. World Myths and Legends retells tales from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. From the Greek myths to ancient epics like Gilgamesh and the trickster tales of Anansi the Spider, it helps readers think about why the same themes, characters, and events may show up in different parts of the globe. Along the way kids will also find lots of fun and interesting projects that let them experience the stories first-hand. World Myths and Legends unveils wonders of the ancient world as it takes readers on a fascinating adventure of mystery and imagination.

Mythology Book

Mythology


  • Author : C. Scott Littleton
  • Publisher : Duncan Baird
  • Release Date : 2004-09
  • Genre: Mythology
  • Pages : 688
  • ISBN 10 : 1844830616

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Mythology Excerpt :

Myths are the timeless expression of the imagination born out of the need to make sense of the universe. Moving across the centuries, they resonate with our deepest feelings about the fragility and grandeur of existence. Mythology is a comprehensive, richly illustrated survey of the mythic imagination in all its forms around the world, from the odysseys, quests and battles of ancient Greece and Rome to the living beliefs of indigenous cultures in the Americas, Africa and Oceania. Looking at each major myth-making culture in turn, this book retells some of the most significant and captivating stories in a lively, contemporary style. Generously illustrated with more than 700 color photographs, Mythology brings you the vibrant stories that echo time and again in our lives.

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes Book
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Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes


  • Author : Cory O'Brien
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2013-03-05
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101619674

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Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes Excerpt :

Get this: Cronus liked to eat babies. Narcissus probably should have just learned to masturbate. Odin got construction discounts with bestiality. Isis had bad taste in jewelry. Ganesh was the very definition of an unplanned pregnancy. And Abraham was totally cool about stabbing his kid in the face. All our lives, we’ve been fed watered-down, PC versions of the classic myths. In reality, mythology is more screwed up than a schizophrenic shaman doing hits of unidentified…wait, it all makes sense now. In Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes, Cory O’Brien, creator of Myths RETOLD!, sets the stories straight. These are rude, crude, totally sacred texts told the way they were meant to be told: loudly, and with lots of four-letter words. Skeptical? Here are a few more gems to consider: • Zeus once stuffed an unborn fetus inside his thigh to save its life after he exploded its mother by being too good in bed. • The entire Egyptian universe was saved because Sekhmet just got too hammered to keep murdering everyone. • The Hindu universe is run by a married couple who only stop murdering in order to throw sweet dance parties…on the corpses of their enemies. • The Norse goddess Freyja once consented to a four-dwarf gangbang in exchange for one shiny necklace. And there’s more dysfunctional goodness where that came from.

Trickster Makes This World Book
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Trickster Makes This World


  • Author : Lewis Hyde
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2010-08-17
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429930833

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Trickster Makes This World Excerpt :

In Trickster Makes This World, Lewis Hyde brings to life the playful and disruptive side of human imagination as it is embodied in trickster mythology. He first visits the old stories—Hermes in Greece, Eshu in West Africa, Krishna in India, Coyote in North America, among others—and then holds them up against the lives and work of more recent creators: Picasso, Duchamp, Ginsberg, John Cage, and Frederick Douglass. Twelve years after its first publication, Trickster Makes This World—authoritative in its scholarship, loose-limbed in its style—has taken its place among the great works of modern cultural criticism. This new edition includes an introduction by Michael Chabon.

Myth and Knowing  An Introduction to World Mythology Book
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Myth and Knowing An Introduction to World Mythology


  • Author : Scott A. Leonard
  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill Humanities Social
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 394
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015060831479

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Myth and Knowing An Introduction to World Mythology Excerpt :

Myth and Knowing is a rich resource of myths and mythology through theages, in which scholarly and literary materials combine to provide a seamlessportrait of this multicultural topic. Balanced and nuanced discussionsexplore the ways in which myths have portrayed both men and women. Inaddition, art and maps contextualize selected myths, providing insights intothe cultures and religious traditions from which they originated.

Mythology  the Voyage of the Hero Book

Mythology the Voyage of the Hero


  • Author : David Adams Leeming
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1973
  • Genre: Heroes
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 0397472765

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Mythology the Voyage of the Hero Excerpt :

The University of Michigan and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research present a collection of myths relating to the sun, Earth, moon, the solar system, sky, and stars. Information about the deities of different cultures is available. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced versions of the myths are provided.

The Power of Myth Book
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The Power of Myth


  • Author : Joseph Campbell
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2011-05-18
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307794727

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The Power of Myth Excerpt :

The national bestseller, now available in a non-illustrated, standard format paperback edition The Power of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work. A preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people--including Star Wars creator George Lucas. To Campbell, mythology was the “song of the universe, the music of the spheres.” With Bill Moyers, one of America’s most prominent journalists, as his thoughtful and engaging interviewer, The Power of Myth touches on subjects from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, offering a brilliant combination of intelligence and wit. This extraordinary book reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, death, love, and war. From stories of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome to traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, a broad array of themes are considered that together identify the universality of human experience across time and culture. An impeccable match of interviewer and subject, a timeless distillation of Campbell’s work, The Power of Myth continues to exert a profound influence on our culture.